One of the best written and most thought-provoking nonfiction books I’ve read so far in 2015 is Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy. This New York Times bestseller, written by an experienced journalist, focuses on the senseless and seemingly endless murders of young black men by other young black men. The story of a LA detective determined to solve the murder of a colleague’s son is both a fascinating true crime tale and a horrifying look at all the other murders that go unsolved and taken for granted. Reviewers have praised its “gritty reporting” (Los Angeles Times) and called it “a searing indictment of legal neglect” (Boston Globe). Ghettoside is certainly not a beach read but it will get you thinking and questioning our criminal justice system.
Beth, our Nevins Buzz co-editor, has since moved on to a new position at another library. We congratulate her and wish her the best in future endeavors. Beth has graciously left us a legacy of posts before departing the Nevins Memorial Library. A big “thank you” to Beth for helping to get this blog started and for writing many interesting posts.